Nov
25
2014

Spyker makes in-house production possible with FAROArm Prime

Quality controls are an essential part of the production process. The producer of exclusive sport cars, Spyker, knows all about it. Each model is made by hand in order to ensure the highest quality vehicle time and time again. And that requires upmost precision and comprehensive quality control.

Thus, Skyper eventually ended up with FARO as a partner. The high accuracy of the FAROArm Prime in combination with it’s ease of use and wide-range meant it was ideal for the in-house inspection Spyker needed to carry out.

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The FAROArm Prime delivers the highest FaroArm accuracy at an amazing value. The Prime is the ideal solution for measurements in inspection, reverse engineering, CAD-to-part analysis and for anywhere else a high-accuracy, hard-probing measurement solution is needed.

To find out more about Skyper and FARO’s involvement in the inspection process, then download our full case study, or head to our website to find out more about what FARO can do for you!

Nov
21
2014

F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jet Production Line – FARO Laser Tracker Vantage

The F-35 program brings together the world’s most experienced aerospace industry leaders, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Pratt and Whitney. The global team also includes more than 1,400 suppliers from 46 U.S. states and companies from 10 other countries around the world. This landmark project combines team expertise with sophisticated manufacturing, engineering and technological capabilities.

 

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Among the mix is one of our own. A FARO Laser Tracker Vanatge, which is used in order to ensure precision during the construction and alignment of the F-35 wings. Misalignments can cause machine downtime and significantly decrease machine performance; however, portable CMM’s such as our FARO Laser trackers and FARO measuring arms can help to mitigate these issues.

If you would like to watch the full video, where you can catch a glimpse of our FARO Laser Tracker Vantage at work on the F-35 production line click here. Or for more details about our other FARO products then visit our website.

 

Nov
19
2014

No component goes unchecked at Mürdter

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When it comes to quality assurance at the automotive supplier Mürdter, nothing is left to chance. Each product is checked with a FARO measuring arm in order to guarantee that only flawless components are distributed to their customers.

Mürdter specialise in metal and plastic processing and every day the development engineers at Mürdter ask themselves the same basic question: How can we make this component even lighter without sacrificing quality?

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Nov
11
2014

FARO Technologies launch CAM2® SmartInspect 1.2

We at FARO are proud to announce the release of the our FARO CAM2 SmartInspect 1.2 , the industry’s first full-featured portable software for basic geometric measurements, without CAD, for our FARO Laser tracker and FARO measuring arms.

The release reinforces our FARO’s continued commitment to simplify 3D measurement. CAM2 SmartInspect 1.2 will now interface with FARO’s Laser Trackers, providing a simple and efficient solution for those who require the accuracy and large measurement volume provided by the capabilities of laser trackers, but not the complexity of  CAD-based software.

 

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CAM2 SmartInspect 1.2 has been optimized to run on all Microsoft Windows™ based Touch PCs or Touchpads, providing users a new way to interact with inspection data and measurement devices. The addition of touch capability makes the software ideal for fully mobile measurement applications and establishes it as the first portable metrology software for laser trackers and measuring arms on the market.

Additional new features include a Move Device™ function, which streamlines the inspection of large parts, particularly when frequent repositioning is needed. Users can now move their device during the measurement process and measure their part from different positions. By enabling quick identification of correct target correspondence, time requirements to relocate (leapfrog) the arm or tracker is reduced along with the potential for error.

Other innovative advancements are the voice operation and audible feedback functionalities. The voice operation feature enables users to provide instructions using voice commands, allowing for hands-free operation and resulting in both reduced measurement times and improved mobility. The audible feedback feature provides real-time relay of information, alerting the user when a bad measurement has occurred or when the laser tracker beam has been broken.

For more information on CAM2 SmartInspect 1.2, click here!

Nov
07
2014

Video: Ultrafast Rim Inspection – FARO Edge ScanArm HD

The FARO Edge ScanArm HD delivers rapid point cloud collection with extreme resolution and high accuracy – all in a compact, lightweight and easy-to-use system. The new functionalities enable users to seamlessly scan across diverse surface materials regardless of contrast, reflectivity or part complexity and without any special coatings or target placement.

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The FARO Edge ScanArm HD is the most affordable, high performance contact/non-contact measurement system and is ideal for product development, inspection, and quality control and offers capabilities such as point cloud comparison with CAD, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and 3D modeling of free-from surfaces

Check out the new Faro Edge ScanArm HD video or visit our website to find out more!

 

Nov
07
2014

World’s Largest Celtic Coin Discovery

Work has begun at the Jersey Museum in St Helier, Jersey to separate 70,000 Celtic coins which were discovered in 2012 by two metal detectorists Richard Miles and Reg Mead.

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Valued at between £7million and £14million, the hoard is the world’s largest Celtic coin discovery. Thought to have been buried by a tribe fleeing from Julius Caesar’s army around 50BC, the collection of coins is now being worked on in public view at the Jersey Museum. For the past two years the heritage team have been carefully documenting the coin hoard in preparation for seperating the coins bit-by-bit.

But where does FARO come in?

Archaeologists have been using a FARO Edge ScanArm to scan the coins, in order to create 3D imagery and identify patterns in the coins from thousands of years ago! This means that the surface of the coin collection can be scanned before and during work for documentation purposes.

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Due to the importance of this work, the Archaeologists at Jersey Museum must carefully pull the hoard apart one coin at a time. This makes the task extremely difficult and the FARO ScanArm will prove essential in aiding Jersey Heritage in the documentation of the 2,000 or so year old find.

For the full BBC article click here!

Nov
03
2014

Featured White Paper: Laser Trackers Shrink Aircraft-Sized Manufacturing Problems

Due to the sheer size of aircraft and their need for careful, aircraft manufacturing has always been difficult.

In the past, large structures such as wings or fuselages were difficult to make alike because there was no good way to measure them. With the advent of the laser tracker, precise, rapid, reproducible measuring over long distances finally became a reality.

A laser tracker can be set up anywhere, in a design studio or factory, and its vast operating range is large enough to capture the wing of the biggest planes ever conceived! Operation of the laser tracker is also simple, making it the perfect tool for tackling the ‘aircraft-sized problems’ of the aerospace industry.

Click here to download the full white paper and more!

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Oct
27
2014

FARO @ ETDP London Conference on 30th-31st October 2014

The ETDP conference presents cutting-edge views on how the three elements that support construction work—people, processes and technology—can be integrated and organized for moving into digital projects. Only through digital projects can the industry strive to achieve effective outcomes in increasingly complex construction endeavors.

 

We will present our latest version of the revolutionary, high speed FARO Laser Scanner Focus 3D for 3D measurement and 3D image documentation together with the accompanying software SCENE that processes and manages scanned data easily and efficiently by using automatic object recognition as well as scan registration and positioning.

Want to find out more about our cutting-edge products then visit our website for more details.

 

 
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Oct
23
2014

FARO Assists Unison in British Airways Project

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Scarborough based Unison Ltd has recently installed a comprehensive turnkey package for tube bending at British Airways’ Heathrow-based aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.

This turnkey package is aided greatly by an advanced FARO ScanArm that uses laser and tactile measurement techniques to obtain detailed and high accurate 3D representations of tubes, enabling precise and rapid reverse-engineering. The resulting programs can then be downloaded to British Airways’ new bending machines within minutes.

The all-inclusive Unison solution is based on a semi-manual bender with CNC control and a fully CNC all-electric model, both machines are used extensively throughout the global aerospace industry and able to support a wide range of MRO activities.

The loss of revenue resulting from the grounding of modern aircraft can be astronomical, making fast-turnaround MRO capabilities vital to economic performance.

Unison’s renowned tube bending capability, together with the multiple advantages gained through FARO’s precise measurement and reverse engineering competence will help meet the long-term challenging needs of this vital repair and maintenance workshop.

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Unison’s complete measure/program/manufacture MRO package will enable a quick and cost-effective repair of fluid lines on aircraft by reverse engineering parts and then accurately re-creating them in the workshop.

Under the terms of the order from British Airways, Unison is responsible for all aspects of bending machine integration and associated equipment connectivity. As Unison’s Managing Director, Alan Pickering, points out, “This turnkey solution demands tight integration of hardware and software resources to create a seamless production environment for efficient on-demand manufacture of specialist precision parts.

“As FARO is a global leader within the field of portable, precise measurement and is a trusted Unison ‘partner’, we were delighted to include the company’s advanced ScanArm and software as part of this turnkey package. The synergy between the ScanArm’s excellent reverse-engineering capability and Unison’s advanced tube bending machines, results in the perfect all-inclusive package.”

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With versatile contact and non-contact measuring capabilities, the innovative ScanArm is ideal for performing rapid reverse-engineering tasks. In addition the popular FARO instrument can utilise CAD overlays to check geometries against design or CAD comparison and evaluate deviations in surface form, ensuring that all inspected parts are manufactured to exact tolerances.

Unison’s proven expertise within the aerospace sector and FARO’s accurate, reliable ScanArm are both guaranteeing a comprehensive package offering for British Airways.

For more information on the FARO ScanArm click here!

Oct
16
2014

Featured White Paper: An Alternative to Check Fixtures

One major aspect of automotive and aerospace manufacturing has long been that the critical nature of the final products they build requires their parts and sub-components to be free of defects.

However, the need for manufacturers to keep costs down and efficiency up in order to remain competitive in the marketplace has a negative effect on the manufacturers’ ability to ensure totally defect-free parts.

A check fixture is a device that allows production parts to be inspected by comparing the part to the geometry and features of the fixture. If the part and check fixture fit together, the part is “good”.These check fixtures, used in conjunction with hand tools, have provided a balance between the need to keep costs down and part integrity.

Given that check fixtures are extremely expensive and require a large time investment, it is not surprising that firms are now turning to the latest technology to help them eliminate check fixtures from their processes. Portable CMMs offer the ideal solution for keeping costs down and ensuring defect-free parts. Portable CMMs come in many forms, the most common of which are laser trackers, articulating arms and hand-held 3D Laser Scanners.

The choice of technology is based on the parts being measured and the information you need from the parts, and provides a cheaper alternative to the expense of check fixture. Portable CMMs eliminate the need for storage, maintenance and rework costs for check fixtures not currently in use.

Click here to download the full white paper to read more!



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